Saturday, October 27, 2012

Maggie #1

I admit to being a big fan of The Simpsons cartoon, and while it has had its ups and downs, it has maintained a high level of quality over the years.

There are a couple of reasons for that.

Like MAD Magazine, the show keeps up with modern pop culture as a never-ending source of humor - but is well-written enough to be timeless and avoids getting locked into a set time period.

It doesn't hurt that (unlike a live-action show) the kids never age.

Bongo Comics has produced an amazing number of comics based on Simpsons characters, and the latest one focuses on the littlest member of the family, Maggie.

She's a particular challenge to base stories on since she's a baby and doesn't talk.

Bongo wisely turned most of the issue over to the king of humor comics, Sergio Aragones, and he turns in several funny stories, including Maggie's big break in show business and getting her revenge on Bart.

He also creates a paper doll cut-out centerpiece and a puzzle page - what a guy!

It's a fun package of clever stories and great comic art, including work by Carol Lay, Patric M. Verrone, Max Davison and Mike Kazaleh.

It's a must-buy if you're a fan of the Simpsons (and if you're not, what the heck?).

Grade: A-


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